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  • Bruce Haertl: For What It's Worth...

    For What It's Worth

    My wife has the uncanny ability of waking up like a shot at 6 a.m. on the weekend, rousting me in the process, then, 30 minutes later, going back to sleep while I’m up for the day.

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  • For What It’s Worth: Fred and Ron

    Bruce Haertl: For What It's Worth...

    Batman and Robin, Tom and Jerry, Fred and Ginger---at the risk of hopelessly dating myself, I hereby offer up VanVleet and Baker as the next dynamic duo. Too late?

  • For What it’s Worth: Shocks, ‘Hawks, ‘Cats and Officiating

    Bruce Haertl: For What It's Worth...

    What a remarkably stressful week it was for Shocker fans. Your team finishes a 30-win season by reaching the ‘Sweet 16’ with a resounding effort against Kansas---one of their best ‘feel good’ wins in postseason history and no one has time to revel in it.

  • For What It's Worth --- Ode to Omaha

    Bruce Haertl: For What It's Worth...

    “It’s not going to cure cancer…not going to cure world hunger”.

  • For What It's Worth --- Madness in Omaha

    Bruce Haertl: For What It's Worth...

    “Faces change, expectations don’t—we may not be as visually pleasing as some of our teams have in the past---but every guy still expects to win”

  • For What it’s Worth---On the NCAA Trail…Again

    Bruce Haertl: For What It's Worth...

    I’ve been covering the NCAA Tournament since 1981. In fact, my first basketball play by play was in March Madness that year as KU eliminated Arizona State and the Shockers beat Iowa in a game that many old-timers (hey if the shoe fits…right?) still talk about.

  • For What It's Worth --- Shocktacular

    Bruce Haertl: For What It's Worth...

    Here’s hoping for the tie breaker between Wichita State and Northern Iowa a week from today in St. Louis.  How much better is it to have a foil in the conference?  It may have brought a little anxiety with it—but yesterday’s game with UNI was one of the most anticipated match ups in recent Missouri Valley Conference history.

  • For What It's Worth --- Two Big Games on the College Hardwood

    Bruce Haertl: For What It's Worth...

    It’s just good for the Missouri Valley Conference to have a meaningful game.  In all seriousness, it’s been since Creighton and Wichita State played for the regular season title on the last day of the regular season 2 years ago since there’s been a conference game of national interest.

  • For What it's Worth: The state's big 3

    Bruce Haertl: For What It's Worth...

    Wichita State is on a season high seven game winning streak and has won its last two games, both on the road, by an average margin of 21 ½ points. Never mind Drake’s competitive near miss in Des Moines, the return trip won’t be anything nearly as anxious for the Shockers, which has a tendency to make people pay at home.  The Bulldogs did beat Indiana State last weekend amongst a barrage of three…

  • For What it’s Worth: A year ago in Springfield

    Bruce Haertl: For What It's Worth...

    It remains the best comeback I’ve ever witnessed in person and it took an almost perfect storm to happen.

  • Under my Skin and the Big Three

    Bruce Haertl: For What It's Worth...

    Sorry to start this off on a bad tone, but I can’t help it after I saw FIVE THINGS THAT REALLY BUGGED ME over the weekend:

  • Rest well, Carl Taylor

    Bruce Haertl: For What It's Worth...

    “Well, we must be winning, otherwise you wouldn’t be here”.
    Those are the first words I ever heard from Carl Taylor, then the head basketball coach at Wichita Southeast high school. I immediately liked him.

    Carl was refreshing because there wasn’t an ounce of pretense about him, there was nothing fake, nothing forced---he didn’t engage in small-talk, he didn’t waste his or your time. Carl Taylor…

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